Picture Overload


This is one of nearly 150 images I snapped of my daughter during our summer trip to Six Flags Great America.

Yes, 150 shots in a single day.

It may seem like a ton of photos, but if you are an avid scrapbooker, it’s not unusual to snap hundreds of pictures during a special event. The upside to nearly continuous shooting is that you are almost guaranteed a plethora of phenomenal photos taken from a variety of different angles. The downside is that it’s often challenging to select just a few of your favorite picks.

One of the easiest ways to cure this common scrapbooking dilemma is to feature only the pictures that help tell a comprehensive story. Those prints can be featured prominently on your layout and the rest can be burned on a disc and stored in a pretty origami envelope, which you can attach in the back of your memory book, or directly on a particular page design.

Another way to squeeze more images on a layout with limited space is to skip the photo mats. If you like the idea of having some type of edge on your pictures, simply print them with white borders. Doing so yields the look of matting without the extra money, work and space.

For those times when narrowing down photos becomes too big of a headache, go easy on the embellishments. There’s nothing wrong with having a layout with one or two embellishments. I’ve created many page designs where multiple photos were the main focus and did away with quotes, journaling and mementos all together. Other times I’ve used brads or eyelets to mat pictures on tags and jotted down important details there instead. The tags can be lifted to reveal the information without compromising the amount of photos I featured on the page.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.